Motorbikes in bus lanes

January 6, 2009

Motorbikes can now legally do something that most have been doing regardless. For the next 18 months motorcycles can use London’s red route bus lanes despite more than 4,000 London Cycling Campaign members signing a petition asking the mayor to reconsider the measure.

The mayor says extension of the trial will depend on “motorcyclists using this privilege sensibly and [on the fact that motorcyclists] do not do anything that undermines the confidence or compromise the rights of cyclists”.

Let’s see if the trial does in fact improve safety and reduce congestion.

LCC chief executive Koy Thomson said: “Putting motorbikes in bus lanes will not reduce motor traffic and will likely undermine the Mayor’s targets for growth in cycling. The Mayor has set this up as a trial and it is vital that it is properly monitored and evaluated.”

LCC has set up a page where you can submit comments and report any incidents. There’s also a link to the TfL site to report comments there too.


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